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Hide frizz and create waves with a plait A french plait is practical and pretty! Change yours up by starting with a deep side parting and braid along your hairline to the nape of your neck ( LEFT). Then pin in place. Added bonus: not only will it stay put all day, but you’ll have soft, beachy waves once undone.
Try bright eye makeup This is the time to have fun with your look. The easiest application? Use two different coloured eyeliners along your top and bottom lash lines ( RIGHT). Or smudge a cream shadow over your eyelids and add lashings of mascara.
Soak your hair before taking a dip Before swimming in the pool or ocean, wet your locks with fresh water first. It gives hair a chance to soak up clean H2O before being exposed to harsh chemicals and salt. Don’t mix your SPF You may think that layering on the SPF will give you extra protection, but you’re wrong. “If you apply a day cream with SPF20 and a sunscreen with SPF50, you actually end up diluting the effectiveness of the sunscreen,” explains skin expert Sonette Donker of Skin id. Instead, layer sunscreen over your skincare and before your makeup. Use about half a teaspoon amount for your face and neck. We love Nivea Sun Moisturising Lotion SPF30 (R99.99) and Cetaphil Daylong SPF50+ (R278).
Embrace your natural texture If you spend ages torturing your hair into a look that doesn’t last, it’s time to make peace with what your mama gave you. Got curls? Add a curlenhancing product before you let your hair air-dry, and tease coils for added drama. Then own the look and enjoy the compliments coming your way. Melt-proof your makeup “You’re going to sweat, so you need products that last,” advises makeup artist Gita Bass. Start with a tinted moisturiser, like Bioderma Photoderm Max Tinted Cream SPF50 (R219.95), then apply a smudge-proof matte lipstick and a coat of Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara (R149.95). Neutralise the effects of chlorine with a tomato-juice rinse Yes, we’re talking about the red liquid you’d ordinarily add to your Bloody Mary. If your hair is light, you may already have experienced how chlorine can tint locks into a pale green shade. After shampooing, rinse with the juice to neutralise it.
Turn your mani into art These nail designs are easier than they look! Simply paint a fine line across your favourite shade with an art paintbrush ( ABOVE RIGHT), or try the half-moon mani ( RIGHT). Start with a base coat, then apply two coats of your first colour all over your nails. Use ringbinder reinforcement stickers (which are available from office supply stores) and paste over your cuticles to create half-moon shapes at the base of your nail. Paint your second colour from the sticker to your tips. Allow to dry, then apply another coat. Carefully peel the rings off and paint on a top coat.
Shave at night Didn’t get round to shaving this morning? No worries. It’s best to shave after your day of activities when there’s no chance of sand, sea or pool water irritating your freshly shaved limbs.